BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 30, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT MAYOR ACCEPTS APPOINTMENT BY GOVERNOR WOLF

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve a four-year term as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). According to statue, the role of the Commission  is to provide leadership in system-wide coordination and building  a collaboration among public servants and private citizens representing all aspects of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and victim services.
According to the SUN Gazette, one of Mayor Slaughter’s goals always has been to make sure everyone has the opportunity to be a productive member of society.

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP SCHOOL BOARD MOVING TO MASKS FOR STUDENTS

A question posed by Board President Carolyn Strickland at the beginning of a special meeting of the Loyalsock Township School Board, How do we get and keep our students in school? At the conclusion of an emotionally charged evening, the answer, at least until the board’s next meeting in September, is to mask the students. Not all board members agreed that was the answer as the vote was split 5-3; however, it took three rounds of voting for the measure to pass. As reported by SUN Gazette,  Strickland told the crowd of about 65 people that she wanted to close the meeting the way it opened. I hope the masking is very short-lived, because I hope the delta variant is minimized and we get COVID under control.”

COVID-19 TESTING CENTER OPENS AGAIN IN LEWISBURG

With demand for COVID-19 testing rising, Evangelical Community Hospital will re-open its test site at the intersection of St. Mary and North 15th streets, in Lewisburg. As reported to northcentralpa.com,  site will re-open today and staff will be available to administer COVID-19 testing from 7 to 11 am Monday through Friday. Symptomatic individuals or individuals with possible exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their primary care provider to obtain an order for testing at the site.

UPDATED COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR OUR AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported nine new cases in Clinton County Sunday; Centre County has 24 new cases; Lycoming County with another 41 cases, 27 in Columbia, 5 in Union, 8 in Snyder, 1 in Montour and 32 new COVID-19 cases have been listed yesterday in  Northumberland County, as reported by therecordonline.com.

2021 LHU UNIVERSITY FACULTY AWARDS 

Lock Haven University recently announced the winners of the 2021 University Faculty Awards. Following the application and faculty committee review process, Dr. Jennifer Deitloff was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award and Dr. Matthew McKeague was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award.  Deitloff has been a member of the LHU Biology Department since fall 2014. According to northcentralpa.com, McKeague, a Lock Haven native and 2006 graduate of LHU, is now in his second year teaching in the Communication Department.

CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS FROM NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

State Police at investigating two catalytic converter thefts that occurred in Northumberland County. An unknown suspect stole a catalytic converter from a 2003 Ford F250 pickup truck between Aug. 20  and Aug. 23 at 6840 Susquehanna Trail in Lewis Township. In a separate incident, state police said an unknown suspect stole the catalytic converter of a 2018 Ford Escape on Aug. 25 from the parking lot of a boat launch at 835 State Route 405, according to state police. According to northcentralpa.com, anyone with information may contact State Police in  Milton at (570) 524-2662.

HOPE ENTERPRISES HAS NEW CHAIR FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hope Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities in Lycoming, Clinton, Northumberland, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union counties, has named Michael P. Barclay as chair of its board of directors. According to Sun Gazette, in his role, Barclay will advocate on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities within HOPE’s service area while leading the 25-member volunteer board, while overseeing the organization’s direction and mission.

NO COVID POSITIVE TESTS LISTED FOR PLAYERS, COACHES  OR STAFF

The Little League World Series managed to close out with no positive COVID tests among players, coaches and staff, according to Little League officials. This fact, even though increasing COVID case transmissions in Lycoming County, as marked by the county breaching into the “high” range of case transmissions on Aug. 22. According to SUN Gazette, that success is attributed to the creation of a pandemic response advisory commission, which fielded input from infectious disease experts, according to Brian McClintock, the Little League International senior director of communications..

KEN SAWYER RECEIVES THE W. HOWARD HARTMAN LITTLE LEAGUE FRIENDSHIP AWARD

In celebration of his 50th season as part of the official radio broadcast of the Little League World Series, Ken Sawyer was named the 2021 W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award winner. Sun Gazette has reported Sawyer began his Little League World Series broadcast career in 1971. The W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award was created in 1988 to honor W. Howard Hartman, one of Little League International’s most generous and loyal friends.

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